This five-day tour will take you to some of the most historic sites in Mumbai and Aurangabad. Spend the first two days learning about the past of Mumbai, India's largest city, and visit the Gandhi Museum that the famous Mahatma Gandhi once called his home. Spend the rest of your trip in Aurangabad, where you'll explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Ellora Caves and the Ajanta Caves, filled with paintings and sculptures that reflect religious harmony in India.

Highlights

  • Visit the Gandhi Museum, where Mahatma Gandhi once called home
  • See the artwork inside the Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Tour the Daulatabad Fort that once served as a military base
  • Experience the Ajanta Caves filled with paintings and sculptures

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Mumbai Mumbai
Day 2 Day of sightseeing in Mumbai Mumbai
Day 3 Mumbai to Aurangabad Aurangabad
Day 4 Excursion to the Ajanta Caves Aurangabad
Day 5 Aurangabad to Mumbai for flight home Mumbai

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai

A corporation building in the city of Mumbai

On arrival in Mumbai, you'll clear immigration and customs formalities and receive a traditional “Swagat” welcome by an Active India representative. They will hand over your travel documents and transfer you to your hotel.

After checking in at the hotel, spend your time at leisure and get ready for the next day filled with sightseeing.

Day 2: Day of sightseeing in Mumbai

The Gateway of India in Mumbai

After breakfast, you'll start your full-day tour of Mumbai. You'll see the Gateway of India, a 20th-century monument known for its architecture. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum that collection of art, sculpture, china, and other antics, then go to the Mani Bhawan—also known as the Gandhi Museum—which was Mahatma Gandhi’s Mumbai house. Witness scenic views of Marine Drive at Kamala Nehru Park, then visit the outdoor laundry system Dhobi Ghat that buzzes with energy.

Additionally, you'll drive through sites such as the Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus, Municipal Corporation Building, University of Mumbai, High Court, Rajabai Clock Towers, Nariman Point, and Horniman Circle.

Day 3: Mumbai to Aurangabad

The ruins of Daulatabad Fort in the Aurangabad district

You'll take an early morning transfer to catch a flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, you'll transfer to the hotel and relax before your tour of Aurangabad begins.

Visit the famous Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The caves highlight impressive artistry through carvings and paintings that reflect religious harmony that existed from the 5th century through the 11th century. Next, you'll see the Daulatabad Fort that was built by the Yadavas to be a southern military base.

After a full day of sightseeing, head back to the hotel for the evening.

Day 4: Excursion to the Ajanta Caves

Inside the Ajanta Caves outside the city of Aurangabad

Take a morning excursion to the Ajanta Caves, which is about a 3-hour drive from the city of Aurangabad. Ajanta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for paintings and sculptures, considered as masterpieces of Buddhist religious art.

Head back to Aurangabad, where you'll overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Aurangabad to Mumbai - Depart

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai

After breakfast, fly to Mumbai and connect to your international flight home.

Map

Map of History Tour of India: Mumbai & Aurangabad - 5 Days
Map of History Tour of India: Mumbai & Aurangabad - 5 Days